Yankees pregame: Waiting on Chavez • 08.04.12
Brian Heyman here again today for Chad. We’re still waiting on a Yankees lineup because Joe Girardi is waiting to see how Eric Chavez’s ankle holds up in batting practice. He had to come out after eight last night after feeling a problem during his at-bat that inning.
“We think it could be related to when he got hit in the side of the ankle (against Boston),” Girardi said. “It’s only when he swings. He felt a little stiffness in his stride. But it doesn’t bother him to run. It doesn’t bother him to field.”
If he can’t go, Girardi said Jayson Nix would take third. If Chavez can go, Girardi said the lineup would be the same as last night.
Whoever plays third is going to have to hit against Felix Hernandez. He’s 3-1 with a 1.47 ERA in four starts at the new Yankee Stadium. That’s the lowest ERA for all pitchers for at least two starts in the new building. Lifetime, Hernandez is 4-2 with a 2.49 ERA in the Bronx. This season, he’s 9-5 with a 2.79 ERA overall.
“When you get opportunities, you’ve got to make sure you score runs.,” Girardi said. “You can’t give away opportunities because he’s not going to give you a lot.”
Hiroki Kuroda will get the start for the Yankees, coming in at 10-7 with a 3.28 ERA.
“He’s pitched extremely well for us,” Girardi said. “He’s been consistent. He’s given us distance. He’s kept us in games. He could have a lot more wins. There’s no doubt about it. But he’s been in some close games.”
Girardi talked to Mark Teixeira this morning, and there were no problems reported with his left wrist.
If you didn’t get to see my article today on Casey McGehee hoping to make a good impression here and why he fell off so much from his standout 2010 season with the Brewers, please check it out.